Yellowstone Information, Photos, and More
Welcome to my Yellowstone page, a hub for my Yellowstone photos and pictures, videos, and other useful Yellowstone information and links. Hopefully the information and recommendations will help you plan your own trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of my favorite places for wildlife adventures. If you’d like to join me on a Yellowstone photo tour, please click here.
Yellowstone 2017 Photos
In 2017 I made a few trips to the park. A couple of these were family road trips, and didn’t involve as much photography as I’d normally enjoy, since we were bringing our newborn son out for his first (and second) visit to Yellowstone. Still, I got a little bit of time to explore in April and October.
In late May I made my annual spring pilgrimage to the park, though I didn’t arrive until the tail end of Memorial Day Weekend, and barely had any time to shoot on my own prior to the start of my spring photo tour in early June. There were still some fun adventures, especially with my tour group, and some of the highlights were actually provided by smaller subjects, like the marmot at left.
If you missed the trip reports from these adventures, you can check them out in the blog.
If you’re interested in joining me on a future Yellowstone adventure, please visit my tours and workshops page.
From the Blog
On February 7, 2018, I was driving my clients through a snowstorm in Yellowstone National Park. We were part-way...October 23, 2019
I’ve returned home from a wonderful experience in London at the fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, where my...October 21, 2019
Hello from London! I’m excited to announce that one of my images was selected as the winner of the Wildlife...October 15, 2019
My latest collection of nature and wildlife wall calendars are now available in the MaxWaugh.com store! Once again, I’m...August 10, 2019
My latest collection of new photos is from my annual spring trip to Yellowstone National Park. The last few...August 5, 2019
June 5, 2019 I’m trying to write this entry a day late, after coming off sixteen (Tuesday), fifteen (Wednesday)...June 7, 2019
June 2, 2019 Client pick-up day means a scramble to pack the car, clean up the cabin a bit...June 4, 2019
May 31, 2019 Friday was brutally long, but fun. I kicked things off at 4am following about two hours...June 1, 2019
Flashback to Monday… My mother and I were walking along the road after our brief moose-with-calf viewing, and a...May 30, 2019
Let’s Talk About Trip Reports “I love your trip reports!!“ “Looking forward to your photos and reports.“ “Are you...May 27, 2019
Here’s the latest on my upcoming photo tours that still have space available. A couple of 2019 tours have...February 12, 2019
I feel fortunate to have squeezed in as much travel and photography as I did this year (big thanks...January 8, 2019
See More Yellowstone Photos
I’m slowly adding images to the archive. Some Yellowstone galleries are already up. View the photos in the Yellowstone & Grand Tetons collection here.
Below is a packing list I put together for one of our Yellowstone road trips many years ago. This was intended to give the first-timers coming with us an idea of what they might need to bring on a road trip to Yellowstone.
Things to keep in mind: this list is catered to a group of people who intend to “car camp” in one of Yellowstone’s many official camp sites during the summer. The items on this list may not all apply to your group, vehicle, time of travel or camping/lodging situation. It is intended as a general reference and a good basis for a packing list.
Please remember that Yellowstone is Bear Country! It’s important to keep your campsite clean at all times, to dispose of food and trash in designated, bear-proof containers and to lock items in your car at night. Do not leave any food or other scented items (including toiletries) in your tent, as that will attract bears. Help keep Yellowstone safe for both visitors and animals!
- Two-Burner Propane stove
- Propane canisters for stove
- Disposable Paper Plates
- Disposable Paper Bowls
- Plastic flatware
- Set of silverware (emergency)
- Wooden spoon
- Paper towels
- Sanitary wipes
- Hot dog skewers
- Medium-large cooler
- Tupperware container (keeps items dry in cooler)
- Plastic grocery bags (for garbage)
- Gallon and sandwich ziploc bags
- Sponge + dish soap
- First Aid Kit, moleskin
- Tarps (extra rain cover)
- Rope, in case tarp needs to be hung
- Folding Camping Chairs
- Your favorite Mug
- Water bottle (for hikes)
- Sleeping Bag
- Air mattress
- Bug repellant
- Sun screen
- Hat (for sun)
- Hat (for cold)
- Rain jacket
- Thick/Warm socks
- X trainer/hiking shoes or boots
- Sandals/flip flops (shower)
- Toiletries, including soap/shampoo
- Towel (though these can be “rented” at certain public showers)
- Swimsuit (you never know)
- Camera gear!
- Bear spray
- Small Backpack (for hikes)
Yellowstone Photo Tours
I am a licensed guide and tour operator in Yellowstone National Park. Here’s a list of my upcoming photo tours, in case you are interested in joining me on a future adventure.
- Yellowstone Spring Wildlife Tour: June 2 – 8, 2019
- Yellowstone Fall & Winter Tours: 2019 or 2020
I am also available for private and customized tours.
Recommended Photo Gear
Here is a list of photo equipment and accessories that I recommend for wildlife photography in Yellowstone. Due to the wide open spaces and wildlife distance regulations, long lenses are recommended. I typically recommend a minimum of 300mm, but even 500-600mm may leave you wanting on occasion. For bodies, something with better high ISO handling is a good idea simply because foul weather and darker conditions are common in the park.
- Induro CT314 tripod
- Traditional Gimbal Head or Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead w/Wimberley Sidekick
- Nexto DI 500GB Storage Device
Also in the Bag
- 50+ GB worth of memory cards
- Pixel Pocket Rocket
- 4-6 camera batteries
- Wonpro powerbar and cord
- Lens cloth, pen brush
- Rain covers
- Sensor cleaning kit or vinyl makeup brushes
For trips to Yellowstone, your bag choice may depend on how you’re getting to the park. If driving, you have room for a larger roller bag or backpack, such as the excellent bags made by ThinkTank Photo. If you’re flying, you may be forced to take smaller planes (even “commuter jets”), in which case more compact photo packs may be more appropriate. Those made by ThinkTank and MindShift Gear may fit the bill.
When hiking, I prefer to carry my photo gear in pouches rather than a large photo pack, so that lenses and equipment are within reach. Think Tank’s Skin System works for me.
- Skin Belt
- Pixel Racing Harness
- Skin Double Wide
- Skin Chimp Cage
- Skin 50
- Skin Strobe
- Two RU Thirsty pouches
Purchase a Think Tank pouch system or other items over $50 using the links above and get a free gift (usually a pretty nice accessory). Thanks for your support!